The Ivy Coach Daily

July 8, 2020

Harvard Goes Online in the Fall

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Harvard announced today that all fall courses will be taught online.

Is one of these things not like the other?: DeVry University, Harvard University, and the University of Phoenix. Is Harvard University the new DeVry? We’re only kidding. Or kidding not kidding. Harvard announced today that all classes this coming fall term will be conducted exclusively online. And there’s one kicker: Harvard’s tuition will remain the same. So, yes, Harvard just supplied all late night television hosts with great fodder for tonight’s telecasts. If Jimmy Fallon doesn’t address Harvard in his opening monologue tonight, he needs some new writers. Harvard has essentially eliminated part of the college experience but kept students’ costs the same.

But 40% of Harvard Undergrads Can Live on Campus This Fall

But just because classes will be conducted online, many students will be invited to campus this fall. As  Juliet E. Isselbacher and Amanda Y. Su report for The Harvard Crimson in a piece entitled “Harvard to House Freshmen, Select Upperclassmen for Fall Semester,” “Harvard said Monday that it will open its dorms to the Class of 2024 this fall, asking sophomores, juniors, and seniors to seek approval to return…University President Lawrence S. Bacow, Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Claudine Gay, and Dean of the College Rakesh Khurana wrote in a Monday email announcing the decision that they determined housing more than 40 percent of undergraduates could leave Harvard ’again facing the prospect of asking our students to leave, on short notice, prior to the end of the semester.’ In addition to freshmen, Harvard will host as many students who ’must be on campus to progress academically’ this fall as it can without exceeding the 40 percent threshold. All courses will be taught virtually for students both on and off campus.”

Harvard’s Plans Were Announced Prior To ICE’s Announcement

However, it should be noted that the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced just a little over an hour ago — subsequent to Harvard’s release that all fall courses would be taught online — that international students would need to either transfer colleges or leave the United States if their university’s instruction was offered exclusively online. If they fail to do so, they will risk deportation, says ICE. So it will be interesting to see if Harvard changes course and decides to offer students a hybrid model of instruction that’s part online and part in-person so its international students who wish to stay on campus can do so. Ivy Coach’s famously accurate crystal ball hereby predicts that Harvard will indeed change course and reverse its newly announced policy of online instruction only so as to accommodate its international students. But while our crystal ball is highly accurate, it has been wrong from time to time. Will Harvard not change its plans in light of today’s announcement from ICE? Stay tuned!

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